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My Reading Pile #83

I didn’t get any physical books in the mail this week. At least I don’t think so as I haven’t checked my mailbox since Wednesday. Though I did get approved for a book on NetGalley that I’ve been dying to read for at least a few months now and I received an eARC of an author’s book that looks like a lot of fun.

So, no, there were no physical books. And I think it’s going to be that way for quite some time, as I have zero requests in and zero books traded for. Which means that I’ll only have digital images of some of the books I receive from NetGalley, that is if I decide to request any.

But this week I did get two eARCs for review and they are…

From NetGalley courtesy of the publisher Amulet, an imprint of Abrams, I received an eARC of SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. Which I’ve been so excited to read for months now, ever since I first saw the cover and saw that it was a new adventure in Wonderland. This time by an ancestor of  the real life Alice.

I also received, thanks to the author Brittany Geragotelis, an eARC of WHAT THE SPELL? Which looks like such a fun and exciting read, I just couldn’t resist the chance to take an early peek. Magic and witchcraft and a love story make this book one I just can’t help but want to read right now.

But I do have a couple books ahead of both of these that should get read first, so…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(October 14 – October 20, 2012)

First up on the pile is VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst. I received a copy for review from the author through the publisher, Simon & Schuster, and I can’t wait to get the chance to read it.

I’d seen the cover ages ago and thought it was absolutely gorgeous and exotic and it made me want to know more. As did the description. I can’t wait to explore this “desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves.” I’m excited about meeting Liyana and seeing just what happens when the goddess she’s been awaiting never arrives.

I am looking forward to taking the journey through the desert as Liyana and Korbyn search for the other vessels who are missing the gods that were chosen to inhabit them.

This story sounds so very different and enchanting and I am super stoked to be able to move it to the top of the pile this week.

Next up on the pile is a book I’ve been dying to start reading for ages and that’s ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND by Gena Showalter. It’s been on my wishful thinking reads for the past couple of weeks and I just can’t wait any longer.

I want to see Alice take her vengeance against the walking dead. I can’t wait to learn exactly how she plans on doing just that. And I am so excited to see just how Gena Showalter envisioned Wonderland packed full of zombies.

And, of course, I can’t wait to meet Cole Holland who is apparently the “baddest of the bad boys.” Oh yeah.

I have avoided almost all reviews so I can experience this one for myself, but I love the excerpt I’d read on Amazon and I adore the quirky “Off with their heads” tagline on the book.

I am so happy I’m finally able to add this one to my reading pile instead of just wishing I could.

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Wishful Thinking reads:

SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick is my only wishful thinking read this week. FINALE comes out on the 23rd and I’d love to get caught up with this series by the time it is released so I can just jump from one to the other.

But as I have so many books that I must read first… and a few that I really should be reading… I really can’t justify moving it to the top of the pile and so it remains but a wish.

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Those left behind:

I am a bit behind on last week’s pile because I still didn’t get the computer set up that will allow me to import the audiobook of BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD into a format that will allow me to listen to it on my iPhone.

But I did finish reading COVET which left me cruelly hanging as I await the next book in the series. I also finished reading LOTHAIRE. Which I loved. Oh that book was so much fun. And had quite a bit of heat. And surprisingly, I actually reviewed it over on Fiktshun After Dark.

Not surprising, I did go just a little bit off pile and devoured BREATHE by Sarah Crossan and did a reboot on STARLING by Lesley Livingston which I’ve been desperate to read for ages.

I hope by the time I start on this week’s pile on Sunday that I’ll have finished STARLING, but that remains to be determined.

Of course I still have to write my reviews for CRAVE, COVET and BREATHE, but hopefully I’ll have at least reviewed BREATHE by Monday. Fingers are most definitely crossed.

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NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did end up getting lured over to NetGalley to check out the new format. And I ended up taking just a quick peek at some of the Top Requested books, where I noticed SPLINTERED. Which I’ve wanted for ages. Which I just had to request.

I know, I know. Bad, bad me. But I really thought I’d get rejected or ignored. So, it was much to my surprise that I was approved and that I have it sitting on my Kindle right now, just begging for me to take a longer look.

I’ve been on such a reading kick lately, which is why I’m surprised I’d only read two books this week. As I was absolutely sure I’d read more. Am I getting that senile that I’ve already forgotten a book I’ve read? Very possible. Likelihood? Probable.

I hope to be able to write four reviews this week, as I am starting to fall a bit behind on those. But as I don’t remember the last time I was ever able to write that many in one week, I’m not wholly confident it will happen for me this week.

But I am, as always, ever hopeful.

And I hope that you have a stack of books on your reading pile this week that you’re just dying to dig into. Because I am of the firm belief that books you are desperate to read are ones that are far easier to escape into.

Have an amazing and happy reading week this week!

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Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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